(Sudbury – 18 September 2017)
The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) has received a strike mandate from its members. Ninety-one percent of those who voted cast a ballot supporting job action in the event that a new collective agreement cannot be reached with the University’s Board of Governors.
“We are most grateful for this strong show of support from our members,” says LUFA president Jim Ketchen. “We don’t want to strike, but will if the administration isn’t willing to negotiate a fair collective agreement. We hope that this vote will convince the administration to become serious about reaching a deal.”
LUFA will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 am, Thursday, Sept. 28, and a strike date will soon be announced. The union’s previous contract expired on June 30.
“For over 35 years, LUFA and the university administration have, through our collective agreements, worked together to offer positive and enriching education to our students,” Ketchen says. “LUFA wants to protect Laurentian’s learning environment from proposed rollbacks.”